Central Intelligence – Born Again Actors!

It’s no secret that many actors feel they were born to act; that they wouldn’t know what they’d do if they couldn’t go on set or grace the silver screen any longer. Actors such as former child star turned cinematic chameleon Daniel Radcliffe have gone on record recently saying they’d be bereft if they were told they couldn’t act any longer, and cannot imagine another career path. Some, such as former comedian Kevin Hart, took a different road before finding their calling in life.

To celebrate the release of Hart’s latest hit comedy, Central Intelligence, which is available on Digital Download now and Blu-ray & DVD from 24th October, we take a look at actors who took a slightly different path on the road to superstardom.


Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

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Hart’s co-star in Central Intelligence and all round big screen titan, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson started out his career as a WWE wrestler, having played American Football to national championship level. From 1996 – 2004 Johnson was a major figure on the WWE circuit. A study in the art of multi-tasking, Johnson enjoyed an overlap between his wrestling and film career, making his feature film debut in 2001’s The Mummy Returns as The Scorpion King; a role he reprised in 2002’s film of the same name. Roles in comedies Be Cool, Get Smart and Race To Witch Mountain followed, before Johnson got his big break in 2011’s Fast & Furious 5. Since then Johnson has been unstoppable, starring in the likes of Pain & Gain, Empire State and San Andreas; and with the likes of Baywatch and Jumanji on the horizon the Johnson juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down.


Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Boasting California’s most famous biceps, before Austrian born Arnold Schwarzenegger became known as a Hollywood heavyweight (in more ways than one), he built a reputation as the best bodybuilder of all time; winning Mr Universe at the age of 20 and Mr Olympia seven times. Not content with his weightlifting prowess ‘Arnie’ turned to the big screen; earning his first major role in 1982’s Conan The Barbarian. This paved the way for Hollywood producers to come calling, and just two years later he starred in James Cameron’s The Terminator – one of his most iconic roles. He reprised the role again in 1991, 2003 and 2015’s reboot, giving moviegoers one of the most quoted lines of all time; “I’ll be back”. Whilst Arnie is the ultimate action hero, he is also something of a career chameleon, and in 2003 he became the 38th Governor of California; serving for two terms until 2011. His next trick? Arnie will host and lead the weekly sackings on US show The Celebrity Apprentice, taking over from Donald Trump.


Harrison Ford

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One of Hollywood’s most famous leading men started out life as a carpenter, making film props for George Lucas Productions. Lucas gave him his first break with a small role in American Graffiti. Following that, when faced with a sick actor Lucas had him stand in to read lines for a film he was creating in 1977 called Star Wars. Ford impressed so much that Lucas gave him the role as Han Solo; a role which defined Ford’s career and undoubtedly catapulted him to become the star he is today – earning him the princely sum of $10,000 in the process! Ford continued to play Han Solo in every Star Wars movie (no doubt acquiring healthier pay packages) up to 2015’s The Force Awakens. Aside from Star Wars, Ford is best known as Indiana Jones; a role which started in 1981 and has spanned four films and counting, with the fifth instalment planned for release in July 2019. As well as being a hugely successful movie star, Ford is also a qualified pilot and has a collection of planes based in Santa Monica.


Mickey Rourke

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Unlike the other stars on our list who turned to acting as a second career, Mickey Rourke – real name Philip Andre Rourke Jnr. – started off as an actor in the early 1980s, with roles in films such as the Charles Bukowski biopic, Barfly. Then, in 1991, Rourke turned his back on acting to become a full-time boxing professional. A stint of three years in the ring pushed Rourke back to his first love, and on he worked until he hit the big time in 2005’s dark thriller Sin City, and 2008’s The Wrestler. The latter earned him numerous accolades, including a BAFTA, Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Rourke is also a passionate dog lover; having owned numerous Chihuahuas, so much so, that in his 2009 Golden Globes acceptance speech Rourke attributed his success to his four-legged friends.


Jason Statham

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Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley’s beau is not just a pretty face. The Derbyshire-born actor has many talents; and being a top sportsman is one of them. Most know Statham as the star of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), The Transporter trilogy (2002 – 2008) and, of course, the Fast & Furious franchise. However a lesser known fact is that Statham started out as a footballer and diver, being introduced to the former through his old friend, Vinnie Jones. His dedication to and prowess for diving grew, earning him a place on GB’s National Diving Squad for 12 years and a spot at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. Statham’s diving-honed physique then caught the eye of fashion brand French Connection, whom Statham went on to model for before starting his hugely successful movie career.


The Man Who Fell To Earth – DVD & Blu-Ray Review

The realm of science fiction is a fascinating one. A lone man’s wild-eyed pseudo-science for faster than light travel could easily be tomorrow’s answer to colonising new worlds. If you question my claim, look no further than Star Trek, which showed snippets of the trappings of modern life back in the sixties.

Of course, no matter how hard you try, not all predictions come true, and not all science fiction passes muster after time has moved on. Such seems to be the case with the 1976 cult classic The Man Who Fell to Earth.

mwfte4The film was directed by Nicolas Roeg and starred the late, great, David Bowie in his debut film role of Thomas Jerome Newton as an alien who comes to Earth and becomes head of a company created in order to bring water back to his home planet. Starring alongside the singer are Candy Clark as his love interest, and Rip Torn as a scientist who ends up working with Newton on a number of his projects.

Bowie’s role within the film is a much more subdued character when compared to his ostentatious stage personas, or some of his characters in later films. Instead he plays Newton in a rather flat manner, rarely raising his voice above a quiet murmur except at a few choice moments. This wouldn’t necessarily cause any strife within the film, but the majority of his scenes coincide with Candy Clark’s lacklustre delivery of her lines, which, again, could have been greatly improved had her character been given any other emotion than “blindly in love with Newton.” It may be a relic from the time when the film was made, but watching her repeatedly throw herself at Bowie (a dream of many young women at the time, I’m sure), only for him to turn her away disinterestedly, becomes weary after the umpteenth time, and by the time there is a change in their relationship, you have become so numbed to the initial treatment, you feel like you accidentally changed the channel somewhere along the way.

The-Man-Who-Fell-to-Earth-4Despite the acting, it is clear that a lot of passion was put into this project, especially by Roeg. The entire story is very lovingly shot, and uses a wide variety of camera techniques to help keep the audience on its toes. The use of imagery is also particularly strong, especially during the many, many sex scenes (so many, that one begins to suspect the film was running a little short and they needed a way to stretch the runtime.) Of particular note is the first carnal display, which cuts between the rather aggressive intercourse and a sword fight between two Japanese actors, the timing of the thrusts exquisitely matching the swordplay in an almost balletic fashion.

The Man Who Fell to Earth also features an absolutely stellar soundtrack, using plenty of instrumental numbers by John Phillips as well as hits by the likes of Roy Orbison, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong. It is this, combined with Roeg’s passion and the awe-inspiring cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond, which makes this film what it is.

The Man Who Fell to Earth is rightfully held up as both a cult classic and a shining example of its genre. Whilst the acting may leave much to be desired, it is definitely worth a look-in, if only to see the loving touch of a fantastically dedicated crew.

The Man Who Fell to Earth is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now 

Train to Busan – Trailer and Clips!

bathrooms, and zombies just walking.

Yeah, we’ve had a lot of zombie movies and now we have zombies on a train.

Train to Busan revolves around a father and daughter who are fighting for their lives on a speeding train when I t is infested with zombies. Oops.

Exhilarating and full of action, Train to Busan is supposed to be the horror event of the year.

What do you think?

Train to Busan is out 28th Oct

Frank & Lola – Brand New Trailer!

Erotic thrillers are much more common than you think. And a damn site better than 50 Shades of Grey. The way to make a good sex drama work is the lead performers – they have to have chemistry such as Ruth Jones and Dominic West or the ladies in Duke of Burgundy.

Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots have a dazzling amount in the trailer for Frank and Lola. The film revolves around a pair who meet and start an illicit and passionate affair. Everything is going fine until a man from her past comes back, causing everything he knew to spiral.

Dangerous psychosexual thriller that looks fantastic thanks to the copious amounts of chemistry the two leads have with one another!

What do you think


Frank & Lola is out December